NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police have made an arrest in a kidnapping case that spanned multiple parishes. New Orleans police issued arrest warrants for 56-year-old Mario Perez for false imprisonment and attempted simple kidnapping for his role in the incident.
According to police, the 36-year-old female victim ran from a home in the 100 block of North Lopez, Friday at 11 a.m. She ran to the parking lot of a nearby bank in the 3300 block of Canal Street where a man attempted to grab her and put her inside a black SUV. A nearby NOPD officer saw what was transpiring and approached the man and woman. As the officer approached the man got inside the SUV and fled the scene.
Police say that the woman, with help from an interpreter, told officers that she was kidnapped in Kenner. At the house on North Lopez, she was tied to a chair, gagged and had a bag put over her head. The suspects left the woman alone in the home at which time she was able to free herself and flee from the house, prior to running towards the bank.
Through the multi-agency investigation, which includes the NOPD, Kenner Police, Louisiana State Police, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals, Border Patrol and the F.B.I, detectives identified Perez as a suspect. Multiple law enforcement agencies were able to take Perez into custody Saturday morning in Jefferson Parish. He was identified as the man who attempted to grab the victim and put her in the SUV, according to police. He will be transferred to Orleans Parish where he will be charged with one count each of attempted simple kidnapping and false imprisonment.
The investigation into the incident continues. If you have any information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call NOPD First District Detectives at 504-658-6010 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.